William Bouguereau ‘Young Mother Gazing at Her Child’ (detail) 1871 by Plum leaves
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William-Adolphe Bouguereau [French academic painter 1825 – 1905] Biography: Oil on canvas The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY:…

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Pollice Verso, 1872

Jean-Léon Gérôme
Phoenix Art Museum

Pollice verso or verso pollice is a Latin phrase, meaning “with a turned thumb”, that is used in the context of gladiatorial combat. It refers to the hand gesture or thumbs signal used by Ancient Roman crowds to pass judgment on a defeated gladiator.

Jean-Léon Gérôme (Vesoul, 11 May 1824 – Paris, 10 January 1904) was a French painter and sculptor in the style now known as Academicism. The range of his oeuvre included historical painting, Greek mythology, Orientalism, portraits and other subjects, bringing the Academic painting tradition to an artistic climax. He is considered one of the most important painters from this academic period, and in addition to being a painter, he was also a teacher with a long list of students. §

Alma Evgenija Urbanc, née Souvan, Ivan Vavpotič, 1912

Alma was born into of one of the oldest and wealthiest merchant families in Ljubljana. She was known for her cold, unapproachable beauty which inspired a poet Josip Murn Aleksandrov who dedicated to her a cycle of poems called Noči (The Nights).